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Records: Slave cemetery on site of planned school

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RALEIGH — Neighbors of a proposed North Carolina high school say they have more evidence that a slave cemetery is on the land.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that residents living near the site in Raleigh said they found property records that show it was once owned by a family that operated a plantation.

They said headstones on the land indicate more graves are on the site and plan to present their findings to Wake County school officials this week.

Neighbors first made their claims last year, and the Wake County school system paid nearly $10,000 for a South Carolina-based preservation group to investigate. The group said it found no evidence that slaves were buried there, but graves may have belonged to “Euro-American individuals.”

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Neighbors of a proposed North Carolina high school say they have more evidence that a slave cemetery is on the land.

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